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The return of Black Lung disease

The return of Black Lung disease

June 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

By Meredith Jacka Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis, also known as Black Lung disease, was thought to have been eradicated in Australia over 20 years ago, but now eight coal mine workers from Queensland have been diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease and it is suspected that hundreds more may […]

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A real sharing economy would remove the profit motive

A real sharing economy would remove the profit motive

June 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

By Tim Tran Today you can choose from hundreds of thousands of short-stay rooms in 192 countries as well as hail a ride in over 60 countries with just the push of a button on your smart phone. AirBnB and Uber have become household names with millions of people now […]

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Tabcorp faces charges over money laundering

Tabcorp faces charges over money laundering

June 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

By Socialist Party reporters Tabcorp is in hot water after the anti-money laundering regulator Austrac added an additional 61 allegations to its federal court claim against the gambling giant, bringing the total to 236 alleged violations. Austrac chief executive Paul Jevtovic said “Tabcorp’s extensive, significant and systematic non-compliance with Australia’s […]

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Homelessness increasing as housing crisis worsens

Homelessness increasing as housing crisis worsens

June 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

By Kat Galea Over 80,000 houses are suspected to be lying empty across Melbourne while 35,000 languish on the Victorian public housing waiting list. A report released in December last year by Prosper Australia estimated occupancy rates by gauging water usage and found that 82,724 properties appeared to be unused. […]

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WA: Economic woes continue

WA: Economic woes continue

June 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

By Mick Suter The Barnett government in Western Australia delivered its budget last month. A deficit of $3.9 billion is forecast by the end of the year. Unemployment is at 6.75% and the incomes of workers are falling. A further contraction of the economy is forecast for the third year […]

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Billions wasted on defence of profits

Billions wasted on defence of profits

June 14, 2016 at 10:48 am

By Conor Flynn The 2016 federal budget was a gift to defence. Over the coming year, the government will commit a staggering $32.4 billion to the sector alone. A further $686 million will be spent on Australian military operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. The dramatic increase in military spending […]

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The steel industry crisis explained

The steel industry crisis explained

June 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

By David Elliott In April, steel manufacturer Arrium went into voluntary administration, potentially threatening 8,000 jobs – 3,000 in Whyalla, South Australia, where the steelworks are. Arrium has been hit by declining iron ore prices in their mining arm, and are losing money through their steelworks. The closure of the […]

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7-Eleven workers need a union

7-Eleven workers need a union

June 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

By Jeremy Trott Unite, the fighting union for fast food and retail workers, organised a protest on May 19 against the ongoing exploitation of 7-Eleven workers. 7-Eleven’s half-pay scam has made national headlines in recent months. This scrutiny initially forced the company into damage control, resulting in the formation of […]

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Advancing LGBTIQ rights

Advancing LGBTIQ rights

June 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

By Socialist Party reporters In the wake of fresh attacks on LGBTIQ people the Socialist Party held a successful public meeting in Melbourne last month. The theme was ‘From Safe Schools to a Safe World: Socialism and the fight for LGBTIQ Liberation’. Ben Convey led a discussion on how to […]

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Gov puts profits ahead of road safety

Gov puts profits ahead of road safety

June 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

By Greg Bradshaw There is immense competitive pressure on truckies to meet tight deadlines, which often leads them to speed and to use ‘speed’ in order to stay awake for long hauls. While heavy vehicles only comprise around 3% of Australian road traffic, truckies are involved in more than 15% […]

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